$115k fine for milk stink

OBJECTIONABLE ODOUR: The Eltham eader.

South Taranaki District Council has been fined $115k over smell from Fonterra milk dumped in eader.

Poachers cost 'millions'

Warning sign to poachers.

Sheep slaughtered and taken for meat is the latest in a string of stock thefts.

Pengxin wants more

MORE OPPORTUNITES: Managing director of Shanghai Pengxin International Gary Romano.

Chinese investor eyes more farms and part of deal that could quadruple the size of a Taupo dairy plant.

$18m boost for rural women

Access HomeHealth

Rural Women NZ has picked up a windfall $18m from the sale of its shares in Access Homehealth.

Plant offers new jobs

Fonterra senior projects manager Paul McGinn guides a tour of the expanding Pahiatua dairy factory during an open day at the weekend.

Fonterra gives prospective employees tours of the $235m expansion of its Pahiatua plant.

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opinion

Farm cadet scheme needed

Federated Farmers Waikato president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: The conversation around agri-education has stepped up a gear.

The end of the line

There are few absolutes in modern marketing, but when you hear anyone starting to simplistically talk about above and below the line, It's time to walk away.

It's all about the community

More than one 'drongo'

dairy

Dairy price rise 'not if but when'

Fonterra chairman John Wilson.

Fonterra chairman promises relief to farmers shouldering the impact of a low payout forecast.

Plant offers new jobs

Fonterra gives prospective employees tours of the $235m expansion of its Pahiatua plant.

OBJECTIONABLE ODOUR: The Eltham eader.

$115k fine for milk stink

South Taranaki District Council has been fined $115k over smell from Fonterra milk dumped in eader.

beef

Big jump in calf cull

MORE CULLED: Beef+Lamb numbers reveal that 10 per cent bobby calves were culled this year compared to last year.

5:00 AM  NZ's bobby calf kill was up nearly 10 per cent this spring compared to last year.

Red cattle beef up op

A herd of chocolate-red cattle is brightening up a Manawatu sheep and a beef farming couple's lives.

WHITE FACES: David Ellis raises whitehead and whiteface bulls and heifers.

Big is getting bigger

Waikato bloodstock maestro has achieved many of his blueblood horse industry dreams but earning $2300 for a prime steer this month was a standout moment.

Sheep

Lamb tradition revived

TASTY: Coastal Spring Lamb is rekindling demand for the first of the season.

Early season lamb was once celebrated in the same seasonal way bluff oysters and whitebait are.

Woolly thinking a real life-saver

A flock of New Zealand sheep has led to a world-first scientific breakthrough for sick children.

Gordon Levet with some of his highly worm-resistant rams under testing for facial eczema tolerance.

Breeding for resistance paying off

Romney breeder Gordon Levet has been breeding for worm resistance for 25 years and for the past 15 years has not needed to drench his ewes.

cropping

US demand for $2 apples

NEW VARIETY: Andy McGrath, from McGrath Nurseries, with his new apple variety, Plumac.

A fruit nursery expects to sell a unique apple variety to the United States market for $2 per apple.

Stink Bug spotted in NZ

A pest known as the Yellow Spotted Stink Bug has been spotted in a South Island garden.

COUNTING THE COST: Enza operations manager Steve Moriarty with collapsed hail nets at the Riwaka apple orchards.

Hail 'unlikely to dent outlook'

Although Motueka's severe hailstorm was devastating for orchardists, the national impact will be slight because the affected area was relatively small.

agribusiness

Scales tips itself to beat forecast

MR APPLE: Royal Gala apples at Whakatu Orchard near Hastings.

Mr Apple owner says debt is lower than expected and it expects to meet, if not exceed, profit guidance.

Poachers cost 'millions'

Sheep slaughtered and taken for meat is the latest in a string of stock thefts.

Ormond Nurseries director Samantha Wickham says the company developed Hi-Stem tall vines to lessen the workload in
the vineyards.

Demand for tall vines booming

A Marlborough grapevine nursery is struggling to meet demand for 100,000 plants a week.

Discovery

'Weak as a kitten'

Marcus and Kirsty Kynoch on their Central Hawke's Bay farm with their three boys, from left, Harry, Benjamin and Oliver.

5:00 AM  Don't just presume you have the flu ... wise words from a man whose flu turned out to be the debilitating disease leptospirosis.

'Don't sweat it out'

5:00 AM  Central Hawke's Bay vet Richard Hilson knows only too well what it feels like to have leptospirosis.

MORE RESEARCH: A funding application is under way to do more research into the effects of leptospirosis on dairy cows, says Professor Peter Wilson of Massey University.

Disease warning

5:00 AM  The insidious and debilitating disease leptospirosis is probably more common than we think.

rural women

$18m boost for rural women

Access HomeHealth

Rural Women NZ has picked up a windfall $18m from the sale of its shares in Access Homehealth.

Silage gets a pink makeover

Through no fault of his own a Taranaki farmer has become the proud owner of dozens of pretty pink silage bales.

Putake Honey co-owner and beekeeper Renee de Luca in her element, servicing some of the hives on a farm in the Waihopai Valley.

Beekeeper buzzing over award

A Marlborough beekeeper is still buzzing over her win at this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

Video

Petrol boss u-turn

Petrol stations are ordered by their bosses to stop billing workers when customers do a runner.

advice

Safety leadership urged

Quad bike, 4wd

Farm owners told they have to set examples for workers to follow if they are to establish a successful on-farm health and safety policy.

Succession is a serious business

Leave the sentiment out of planning the handover of a farm to a new generation, a succession planner advises.

Ready to sign

'Do your homework first'

Farmers need to know what they are taking on when signing sharemilking agreements.

aquaculture

'Story of sustainability'

FISH FINDER:  Yellow Brick Road managing director Rachel Taulelei believes consumers should be able to point to where their food was caught, how it was caught, and by who, and that producers can get the proper value for their goods in doing so.

Rachel Taulelei wants consumers to have more conversations about the seafood they are eating.

Producer chases Asian markets

A salmon producer is diversifying after a year of near-record high exchange rates.

Court generic NZ

King Salmon ordered to pay costs

Environmental groups have won a costs argument against NZ King Salmon in the Supreme Court.